I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
This was an amazing listen. I do not follow tennis closely but I wish that I had watched him play more after hearing this book. He is brutally frank about his feelings for Pete and Brook but beautifully frank about his love for his wife Steph. Graff. What a lonely life and what a happy finish.
I wish it were Agassi read it himself but the Erik Davies did a splendid job.
Say something about yourself!
Have not enjoyed a nonfiction audiobook as much as I enjoyed this, ever. Entertaining and uplifting!
What a life Andre Agassi has lead. I applaud Andre for showing us his warts and helping us understand how they got there. It was fun being taken back to the go-go days of US Men's tennis in the 90s - so many great competitors and personalities. I think anyone who is curious or intrigued by Andre Agassi would enjoy this book, but there is a fair amount of tennis match recounting, so it helps if you like tennis. I blew through this book very quickly.
Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis
I loved this book for it's honesty, introspection, warm/rich characters, and storytelling. Andre's inner dialog throughout the book puts you right there with him. As the french said go Andre go.
An avid fan, I was disheartened to read of Andre's suffering and angst. I thought he was a very sympathetic protagonist, and I couldn't stop listening to this. The tone of the book captured the man I'd so admired for his persistence, comeback, and what seemed to me, a philosophical grace in his later years. The narrator did a good job -- though I doubt Andre could have pronounced all the foreign names as well! At first it was hard to listen to Andre's autobiography in another voice but his; by the end, the two sort of became one to my ears.
This book gives a candid picture of the life of a top athlete. Tennis fans, especially those who have followed Agassi's career, will find it quite interesting. However, Erik Davies' reading of this book was one of the worst I've ever heard. He was breathy and whiny, making Agassi sound pathetic and others such as Steffi Graf sound weak and vulnerable. It's the only audiobook I've ever considered not completing because the narrator was so bad. If you can get past this irritating downside, the book itself is worth the read.
Agassi's Revisionist Take
As an Agassi fan, I really liked walking through his tennis career and intersecting some of the matches and moments of his that stand out in my own memory. There were a couple times when I felt Agassi's memory of his motivations going into or during a match were colored with historical revisionist glasses. A lot of matches he lost were because of lack of motivation and most wins were preordained. It's forgivable since the details are still told well. I also have a much better view of Steffi Graf through this book.
I loved the opening chapter detailing every nuance of getting himself ready to play Baghdatis.
Yes, it work really well for the long road trip I was on.
If you are an Agassi fan then I think this is a good book to round out the person we think we knew on the tennis court.
Its near the top. This book is so interesting and entertaining. I laughed out loud and cried. Some of the matches were nail biters even though I knew the outcome.
There's a really funny story about a stuffed panda and how it changes Andre's life. You can't make this stuff up!
The performance was OK. He does a good Andre impression but everyone else sounds the same.
I heard a lot of good things about Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. And right from the opening pages I thought wow, this is great. Agassi is a really good writer, with interesting thoughts, and a fascinating life, which makes for a perfect autobiography; a fascinating insight into a someone’s life full of little nuggets of life lessons they’ve learned.
I have to admit, as someone with no interest in sport I did get a little bit bored with the tennis bits occasionally, and overall felt that it could have been shortened. Some of the tennis stuff got so repetitive, for me, that I didn’t even notice when I had accidentally skipped a huge chunk of the audiobook. I only noticed the great leap when he started talking about girlfriends again and he was suddenly with Stefi Graf, and not Brook Shields.
What also makes this a brilliantly essential autobiography are some startling revelations, not least of which, revealed from the very start, is that Agassi has despised tennis all his life and was driven to tennis stardom by a father who cared of nothing else but to have a tennis champ for a son.